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Memorial Park Long-Range Master Plan Approved

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rown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was brimming with anticipation for the presentation of the proposed Memorial Park Master Plan. Over 350 Houstonians filled the auditorium and actively listened to the presentations made by Thomas Woltz and Jeff Aten of Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) as well as Bry Sarté of Sherwood Design Engineers. continued on next page RENDERING: BAYOU WILDS' SOUTHERN ARC TRAIL INARTIST'S THIS ISSUE

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OUR PARK MISSION: Restore. Preserve. Enhance.

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Seymour Lieberman Trail Spotlight

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letter from the

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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his is an exciting and historic moment in time for Memorial Park. With City Council’s approval of the Memorial Park Long Range Master Plan, we look forward to bringing you and future generations an even better Memorial Park. Memorial Park is over 1,500 acres for the entire city to enjoy and is a place for everyone – from running to biking, recreational sports to wilderness trails, and beyond. As we look towards the realized Master Plan and what that means for your Memorial Park, you will be pleased to know that all of these offerings are here to stay. The entire master planning process has been a collaborative effort jointly led by the Memorial Park Conservancy, City of Houston, Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) and the Uptown Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). Nelson Byrd Woltz (www.nbwla.com), the lead landscape architectural design firm was selected for this project due to their focus on balancing ecological considerations with user needs, success with similar large-scale park efforts, experience with public-private partnerships, and the fact that they listen – to input, to history and to the stories that the Park has told and will reveal. Extensive studies on ecology, history, demographic trends, and other topics as well as a robust public input process underpin the plan. Since September 2013, 1,200 participants joined eight public meetings, over 1,800 participants participated in an online survey about the Park, and

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hundreds of park users participated in twenty focused workshops. A recent survey revealed that users of the Park hail from more than 134 different zip codes. Reconnection, consolidation, restoration, enhancement and responsible management are the guiding principles that have shaped the Master Plan. The plan seeks to help restore a resilient ecology for the Park that can withstand disruptions like hurricanes and droughts, improve key amenities like trails and ball fields, create greater access to parts of the Park currently inaccessible to most people, prepare the Park for connections to other parks, improve Park safety, address key infrastructure needs, capture storm water for reuse inside the park for irrigation and firefighting, and reveal and celebrate the Park’s cultural history such as Camp Logan. The complete overview of this visionary and comprehensive plan is available online. We are thrilled to deliver such a thorough and dynamic plan that Memorial Park, the “crown jewel” of Houston, deserves.

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feeling of being in nature when I’m in the Park. There are so few places in the city that give me that feeling.

Why did you select Memorial Park for your volunteer time?

I didn’t realize how much volunteers help with the upkeep of the Park until I started volunteering. I began to feel responsible for certain areas of the Park where I volunteered and I liked knowing that my work kept the Park looking nice for all users. What is your favorite memory from Memorial Park? I always

like volunteering at the 4 the Park Brunch Run because of the energy and excitement around the event. Plus the awesome food! I also have great memories of eating lunch at Beck’s Prime with other volunteers and staff after a volunteer project is over. I’ve made some great friends through volunteering at the Park.

C O N S E RVA N C Y

Allan Reyes

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llan is studying Mechanical Engineering at the Houston campus of the University of TexasTyler. A native Houstonian, Allan began visiting Memorial Park as a child. He grew up on the southside mountain bike trails and running around the Seymour Lieberman Trail. Three years ago, Allan became involved in Memorial Park Conservancy and has become an important part of the volunteer program. He has volunteered for everything from invasive species removal to our annual Green Gala. You may see him out explaining how to prune a tree to a middle school class or getting dirty himself by picking up trash along Memorial Drive. Allan hopes to continue his volunteer service to Memorial Park after graduating from school and we hope to keep him too!

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CONSERVATION

From the heart,

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Shellye Arnold, Executive Director

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The night was not only an historic and exciting moment for Memorial Park but also for the Houston community. Less than two weeks later the plan went before the Quality of Life Committee and passed victoriously. Six days later the proposed Master Plan passed unanimously at City Council. Memorial Park Conservancy Executive Director Shellye Arnold stated, “We are thrilled to be presenting a visionary Master Plan for one of the country’s most important greenspaces.”

What is your favorite thing about Memorial Park? I like the

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Dear Fellow Friend of Memorial Park,

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If you missed the last Public Update Meeting and would like to learn more, please visit www.memorialparktomorrow.org to view presentations from all meetings and the corresponding questions and answers. Memorial Park Conservancy would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have supported the Master Planning process. Whether you have attended public meetings, participated in a survey or hosted a working session, your dedication to the enhancement of Memorial Park is greatly appreciated.

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ecently, Memorial Park Conservancy Conservation Director Nicholas Butler supervised a team that removed invasive plant species from more than 500 acres of park land. Butler explained that the term “invasive plant” has broadened over the years. He stated, “The technical definition is a plant that is not native to a specific location; and has a tendency to spread, which is believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy and/or human health. Nowadays an invasive sometimes includes native plants as well.” Butler continued, “A more practical working definition would be that an invasive plant species is any plant species with the tendency to overpopulate an ecosystem or crowd and threaten biodiversity.” Invasive plants often

choke out healthy species, causing a weak ecosystem, particularly vulnerable to natural disasters such as droughts. In short, the urban wilderness of Memorial Park cannot thrive with these aggressive species. The treatment team worked systematically through the Park and covered 500 acres in just three weeks. The Conservancy will continue invasive plant treatment to restore the Park to its healthy native roots.

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what’s happening

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rban Wild, Memorial Park Conservancy’s young professional’s group has launched! Young professionals from all over Houston joined together at Camerata on March 26th to celebrate the group’s debut. We invite you and your friends to join other community-driven Houstonians as we help restore, preserve and enhance Memorial Park for generations to come. This is membership with a mission, and is open to ages 21 and up interested in building a deeper relationship with Memorial Park. The next Urban Wild happy hour will be at Beckrew on May 5th and you do not want to miss out! This is a great opportunity to meet other young professionals who are interested in making a difference in Houston through service and stewardship opportunities throughout the year as well as its inaugural Bridge Bash on November 12. Urban Wild is graciously supported by committed leadership who help plan events, increase community outreach and cultivate relationships on a personal and corporate level. Join online

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Memorial Park Conservancy Annual Golf Tournament Chaired by Russell Brown and Randall Grace Memorial Park Golf Course Saturday, June 6, 2015 Exclusive Friends of Memorial Park

Behind the Scenes Tour of Camp Logan Memorial Park Thursday, November 12, 2015 Urban Wild Bridge Bash Memorial Park Living Bridge

Details about Conservancy events can be found on our website.

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pproximately 400 guests lassoed their hearts for the Park at the Conservancy’s annual Green Gala, this year honoring the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Guests wore their finest boots and bolos in anticipation for the upcoming rodeo season. The event was graciously chaired by Tammy Jenkins and Camille Patton who worked tirelessly to make the event a wildly successful and fun night. For the first year ever, the event was held in the Park at the Running Trails Center. Guests dined on delights from City Kitchen, including such delectables as South Texas bob hite quail with an ancho chili glaze and a pear and cranberry crisp with bourbon gelato. Throughout the night attendees listened to the tunes of folk band Wood & Wire. During dinner the Crestwood Garden Club was awarded the 2015 Ima Hogg Service Award. Later, attendees put their “Paddles Up for the Park”, raising their paddle in support of the projects and programs of Memorial Park Conservancy. More than $380,000

Tammy Jenkins and Camille Pattons with Chair of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Jack Lyons

was raised the night of the event. Thank you to all for your generous support of Memorial Park.

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Brunch in the Park!

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n April 4th more than 2,000 people ran, walked and brunched in this year’s 4 the Park Brunch Run through the Park. Memorial Park Conservancy, with support from the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, City of Houston and Luke’s Locker, hosted a 4-mile run and 1K kid’s race through Memorial Park. The event, chaired by David Doherty, was presented by Raymond James & Associates. The Silver Eagle/Michelob Ultra post-race party featured local band The Slags, tasty treats at a vast array food booths and children’s activities. The event celebrated the foodie in all of us and raised more than $100,000 for the Park. The Bank of

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River Oaks was awarded 4 The Park Brunch Run first ever Corporate Challenge. All race results can be found on the Memorial Park Conservancy website.

now, and mark your calendars for Bridge Bash 2015, to be held on the Living Bridge. Gift memberships are also available.

The Memorial Park Conservancy Urban Wild Committee at the Launch Party: Joshua Ibarra (Co-Chair),Tiffany Guillen, Ecky Prabanto and David Buehrer.

Katie Campbell and Alex Vargas at the Urban Wild Launch Party at Camerata.

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Enhance Your Park Experience with Friends of Memorial Park!

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ith more than 1500 acres to boast of, Memorial Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. With so much acreage and different amenities to use, it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the thousands of Houstonians who use this park every day. Friends of Memorial Park, the Conservancy’s vibrant membership program, seeks to unite those interests for the love of the Park. Mike Dishberger is a Friends of Memorial Park Ambassador as well as a Conservancy volunteer leader. When asked about the membership program he stated, “I joined Friends of Memorial Park to support the crown jewel of our city, Memorial Park. As a volunteer leader I am able to work with young people who are Houston’s future and help Memorial Park at the same time. These projects are not only personally satisfying, but are just plain fun.” Upcoming

membership events include Free Shower Happy Hour and exclusive behind the scenes tours of World War I Camp Logan above-ground archeology and intimate conservation conversation with staff. Sign up today, and get these dates on your calendar! More details about Friends of Memorial Park can be found on Memorial Park Conservancy’s website.

thank you to our RECENT SUPPORTERS Mr. David Aaronson Mr. Roy B. Adams Mr. Russell Adams AIG Matching Grants Program Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation Mr. John Ale Mr. Andrew Alexander Andrews Kurth LLP The Ann Lents and J. David Heaney Foundation Apache Corporation Aramco Services Company Arch-Con Corporation Mr. Gregory J. Armstrong Ms. Shellye Arnold Athlon Solutions LLC Atlantic Trust Dr. David E. Auer Mr. Jim F. Avant Ms. Kelly Ayers Judge Mary Bacon Ms. Cara Baez Mr. James A. Baker III Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. Ms. Joni Ballis Ms. Carol Barden Baxter Trust Ms. Elleanor A. Beard Camberg Beck & Masten Buick-GMC Becks Prime Bike Barn LP Mrs. Sadie Gwin Blackburn Mrs. Leslie Blanton Ms. Polly Bowden BP Fabric of America Fund Mr. Larry Braun Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Brewster Sr. Ms. Jennifer Briscoe Mr. and Mrs. John Briscoe Mr. Jimmy Brooks Ms. Margaret Warren Brown Mr. Peter H. Brown Mr. Russell Brown The Brown Foundation, Inc Mr. Kanwalpreet Bual Mr. David Bucci Mr. and Mrs. Guy Burdett Mr. Clyde Burleson Mr. and Mrs. Laurence C. Burns Ms. Carlyn Burton Mr. Thomas Byrd Cadence Bank Mr. William Charles Carlberg Mr. Scott Carrasco The Carruth Foundation Ms. Claire P. Caudill CenterPoint Energy Charles N. & Melissa Davis Charitable Foundation Charles T. Zimmerman Family Foundation Charter Title Company Mr. and Mrs. Melinda M. Chernosky Ms. Laurel Chick Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Claiborne Mr. Joseph A. Cleary Jr. Cobb Fendley & Associates Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cody Mr. and Mrs. William Cole Comerica Bank Community Bank of Texas Ms. Jeanie E. Connell Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Cooksey Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Costello Mr. and Mrs. Rick Craig Mr. Rogers Crain Ms. Franci Crane Mr. Bruce G. Crawford Crestwood Garden Club Mr. Rod L. Crosby Mr. and Mrs. Markley Crosswell III

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Mr. James L. Cuclis Mr. and Mrs. Bill Curtis Mr. Thomas Damsgaard Ms. Susan Davis Ms. Bridget Day Mr. Rudy Adams Delgado Divine Destinations Mr. David Doherty Mr. Tom Doneker Mr. and Mrs. C. William Doubleday Ms. Robyn Doyle Mr. and Mrs. Barton Duckworth Mr. and Mrs. Steve Durham Edward H. Andrews Foundation Mr. Robert Elder The Elkins Foundation EP Energy and Company Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Epps ERG Resources, LLC Ms. Janae Evans ExxonMobil Foundation Gift Matching Program Far-Fetched, LLC Mr. Wesley Fenn Mr. John T. Fenoglio Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Finish Line Sports Mr.and Mrs. James C. Flores Mr. and Mrs. Bob Franklin Mr. Fred Fraser Ms. Patricia Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Thad Fuller Mr. Matthew Fuqua The Garden Club of Houston Mr. C. Michael Garver Ms. Florence Gautier George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Mr. Robert L. Gerry IV Mr. Paul Gessinger Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Gibson Ms. Christine Gladbach Mr. Doug Glass Ms. Nancy Gold Mr. Robert M. Gordon Mr. Randall Grace Ms. Joanne L. Graf Mr. Michael H. Grasley Mr. Donald Gray Greater Houston Community Foundation Mr. Taylor Green Green Bank Ms. Claire Greenberg Ms. Julie Greenwood Mr. Robert Hahn Ms. Elizabeth Hall Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hamel Mr. and Mrs. James Hamilton Mr. Peter M. Haney The Hanover Company Hansgrohe USA Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Harrill Ms. Linda Katz Harrison Hawkins Capital, L.P. HCC Service Company, Inc. HEB Ms. Rosa Herst Highland Resources, Inc. Hildebrand Fund Mr. and Mrs. Doug Hill Hines Interests Limited Partnership Mr. William L. Hixon Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hobby Hobby Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Hal Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Harold Holliday Mr. Brian Hollowell Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Horne Mr. Jay R. Houren Houston Area Road Runners Association Houston Croquet Association Houston Endowment Inc. Houston Gulfgate Partners Houston Jewish Community Foundation Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Striders, Inc. The Houston Wave The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa Huffington Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Hull Iberia Bank Ms. Shelly Immel IndemCo, LP InduMar Products Inc. The Jacob and Terese and Hershey Foundation Ms. Sara Jacobson Mr. and Mrs. Peter K. Jameson Mr. and Mrs. J. Webb Jennings III Mr. Gilbert Jill Mr. Allen L. Jogerst Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jones Jones & Carter, Inc. Jones Lang Lasalle Americas Ms. K. Nicole Joraholmen JVL Partners, LP The Kayser Foundation KBR Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keeton Mr. and Mrs. Jay D. Kelley Mr. Mavis P. Kelsey Jr. Mr. Robert Kilpatrick King & Spalding Mr. James Kirkpatrick Kirksey Architecture Ms. Katherine L. Kohlmeyer Mr. Victor A. Kormeier Jr. Ms. Nancy Kruka Mr. Willy Kuehn Mr. Michael Kuhn Mr. and Mrs. Randall B. Lake Mr. Charles L. Lamme Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lamp Laredo Energy Lauren Griffith Associates, Inc. Ms. Pamela F. Lea Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lee Ariel and Doreen Leibovitz The Linbeck Family Charitable Foundation Mr. Jonathan Linker Locke Lord LLP Lockton Companies, LLC Mr. John Lodge Ms. Martha Long The Love Foundation Lukes Locker, Inc. Mr. Richard Lummis Lykes Knapp Family Fund Mr. Jeffrey L. Lyman LyondellBasell Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ted Lyons Ms. Odette McMurrey Mace Mr. and Mrs. Larry Maddox Mr. and Mrs. Bob Mansell Marc and Jeri Shapiro Family Foundation Mrs. Graeme M. Marston Ms. Rebecca Marvil Marvy Finger Family Foundation Mr. Jordan Marye Mr. Tom Mason Mr. Stephen Massad Mayer Brown LLP Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCoy Ms. Anna McCullough Ms. Katlyn McDonough Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. McGee McGladrey, LLP Ms. Stacie Mckay Mr. Mark McKinnon Mr. Robert E. Meadows Mr. Chris Mehling Ms. Wendy Mehling Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation Mr. Adam Miller Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mithoff Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Moody Mr. Preston Moore Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Cary Moorhead Mr. and Mrs. Ben T. Morris

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Moss Nacol and Company National Philanthropic Trust Natural Resource Group Network for Good Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rice Neuhaus Mr. Adam J. Newar Mr. and Mrs. Mark Newell Nicklos Drilling Company Ms. Sonja Earthman Novo Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Novy Mr. Ralph S. O’Connor Mr. Tom A. O’Rourke III Mr. and Mrs. Chris O’Sullivan Ms. Shannon Oliver Ms. Anne Owen Mr. and Mrs. Michael Padon Parking Advisory Group Parkside Capital Mr. and Mrs. Grier P. Patton Mr. and Mrs. John Paukune Pedras Wine Company Mr. and Mrs. George A. Peterkin Jr. Petrello Family Foundation Ms. Ellen Happe Phillips Mrs. Margaret Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Roger Plank Ms. Esther Polland Mr. Jim Porter Mr. John W. Porter Porter Hedges The Powell Foundation Ms. Dena Prasher Mr. Townes G Pressler QR Energy, LP Dr. William Henry Quayle Jr. The Radoff Family Foundation Mr. William J. Rafferty The Ray and June Smith Charitable Foundation Ray C. Fish Foundation Raymond James & Associates Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund Mr. Robert K. Reeves Mr. and Mrs. Nancy Reynolds The Richard W. Weekley Family Fund Mr. James Richards Mr. Al Richey The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation Mr. Grant Robertson Ms. Margaret Rochs Mr. and Mrs. David Rogers Rowan Companies Inc. Mrs. Cara Rudelson Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Rudy Dr. Richard S. Ruiz Runners High Club Ms. Mary Ann Ryerson Mr. Rob Saktuek Mr. and Mrs. Shannon B. Sasser Saunders Foundation Ms. Jane Schmitt Mr. Philip M. Schneidau Schwab Charitable Foundatin Mr. W.W. Scott Jr. Mr. Lasse Seim Mr. and Mrs. Harold Selzman Mr. and Mrs. Sachin Shah Shell Oil Company Foundation Dr. Mary N. Shinn Silver Eagle Distributors, LP Mr. Tom M. Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Soape Sonnie Schepps Robinson Foundation Mr. J. Abbott Sprague Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Springmeyer Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation Mr. Wellington Stevens III Strake Foundation Ms. Theresa Strong Mr. and Mrs. Tio Arnold Suman Ms. Dorothy C. Sumner Susan Vaughan Foundation, Inc. Mr. John W. Sweeney

Ms. Laura Talbert Mr. and Mrs. Michael Talbert Tanglewood Corporation Mr. James Taylor Mr. Thomas Taylor Operating Account Texas Petroleum Investment Company Texas Stairs and Rails, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Thomas Tossini Custom Clothier Mr. David Trice Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tucker Jr. Uptown Houston Mr. Craig Van De Mark Mr. and Mrs. Mark Viets Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Vincent Mr. and Mrs. Bass Wallace Walter P. Moore & Associates Web Marketing Associates Mr. Alexander Webb Wedge Services Wells Fargo West Point Lincoln Buick GMC Westside Lexus and Northside Lexus Whitney Bank Ms. Katherine Wildman Mr. Aron Will Willard M. & Ruth Mayer Johnson Charitable Foundation The William Stamps Farish Fund Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Williams Mr. Walter Williams Ms. Carol Willis Mr. and Mrs. Craig Wilson Ms. Emily Winters Ms. Doreen Wise Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Wolff The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wulfe Wulfe and Co. Ms. Patti Young Your Cause, LLC The Hon. and Mrs. Alvin L. Zimmerman Mr. Marvin H. Zindler Jr. Zions Management Services

Welcome New Members of Friends of Memorial Park Mr. Peter Arbour Ms. Shellye Arnold Mrs. Sadie Gwin Blackburn Mr. Stephen Bond Mr. John Briscoe Mr. David Bucci Ms. Andrea Cash Mr. Stephen Claiborne Mr. Larry Cucciniello Ms. Janet Fisher Ms. Kerry Goelzer Mr. Pete Gomez Mr. Steve Green Ms. Laura Hollinger Mr. and Mrs. David Hoyer Mr. Lee Huber Mrs. Carter Lee Mr. Bill Lee Lodge Lumber Ms. Susan Lynn Mrs. Odette McMurrey Mace Mr. Mark McDowell Mr. Gary Moss Mr. Stanley Novy Ms. Susan Snider Osterberg Mr. Timothy Potts Ms. Nancy Reynolds Ms. Margaret Rochs Mr. Eddie Rodriguez Mrs. Cara Rudelson Mrs. Rupal Shah Mr. Carter Stone Mrs. Anne Vance Mr. Harve Truskett Mr. David Williams

progress on

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he Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail, affectionately known as the SLT, sees thousands of users every day. Some even consider it the home of recreational running in Houston. Due to heavy use and rain water erosion, the surface of the trail has deteriorated over time. Recently, the Seymour Lieberman Trail Refurbishment project began to refurbish the trail with new surfacing to provide an improved and safer running experience. The project is undertaken in partnership with the City of Houston, Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Uptown Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #16. Soon after starting, the first phase of the SLT Refurbishment Project at West Memorial Loop was completed and the remaining refurbishment work will progress

in 2,000-foot sections. Within each section, the contractor smoothes out the subgrade and adds four inches of compacted decomposed granite to the pre-existing trail. Once completed, the trail will span sixteen feet wide with tapered edges to the preexisting grade. The project will also replace drainage pipes and include a new layer of decomposed granite to cover them. Please continue to respect the contractor’s work and use the available detours on the Outer Loop Trail and the portions of the SLT that are not undergoing refurbishment. The next section to be completed is the Tennis Center area which will be followed by the section in front of the golf course. As you’re running or walking on the Seymour Lieberman Trail, please be aware of those closures. We are thrilled to bring on a new and improved surface for the beloved SLT!

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Q+A QUESTION: Is any part of the trail going to move as part of refurbishment? ANSWER: No. The trail will remain in the same place.

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QUESTION: When will the project be complete? ANSWER: The project is expected to finish summer 2015.

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QUESTION: Who was Seymour Lieberman? ANSWER: One of the first runners in Memorial Park. He was officially given the moniker the Father of Jogging by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

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Memorial Park Conservancy, Inc. 7575 North Picnic Lane Houston, Texas 77007-7021

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-2015 Chairman - Jim Porter Vice Chairman - Mindy Hildebrand Secretary - Margaret Pierce Treasurer - Russell Brown Directors Russell Adams Sadie Gwin Blackburn* Maggie Brown Chuck Carlberg Claire Caudill* CM Stephen Costello Casey Doherty Jim Dougherty Chalon Fontaine Nelsy Gómez Randall Grace Michael Grasley Terry Hershey* Wendy Hines

Steve Jenkins Dennis Johnston Gary Moss Meg Murray Adam Newar John Paukune Margaret Pierce Dena Prasher Philip Schneidau Anita Smith Frank C. Smith, Jr.* Terri Thomas Russell Windham

Shellye Arnold Executive Director Averil Brannen Administrative Assistant Nick Butler Conservation Director Kerry Goelzer Project Manager Suzanne Landau Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator Cara Rudelson Director of Development Rupal Shah Finance Manager Anne Vance Individual Giving Manager

*Life Member Advisory Board Leslie Blanton CM Ellen Cohen Jeanie Connell Rick Dewees, HPARD Don Gray Jamie Hendrixson Mavis P. Kelsey, Jr. Chris Knapp

MEMORIAL PARK CONSERVANCY TEAM

Odette McMurray Mace Preston Moore, Jr. Roksan Okan- Vick Tom O’Leary Sharon Talbert Joe Turner, HPARD Marilyn Van Way Alex Webb

CONTACT US 7575 North Picnic Lane Houston, Texas 77007 713.863.8403 phone info@memorialparkconservancy.org

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